You've been referred to by some as the world's greatest boyscout, fighting for truth, justice and the American Way... as if they were some inseparable holy trinity.
Truth? That's in the teller. Just calmly massaged words that very well be nothing but carefully finessed lies.
Justice? Belongs to the Judge, who sits above those who put him up because they can't trust themselves.
And the American Way? It constantly evolves out of something that proves to be true and a lie, just and more... All men are created equal. You are not a man!
Let's forget all this bullshit about the Great American Dream. The important thing is the Great Samoan Dream.
— Dr. Gonzo, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
We do not see faith, hope, and charity as unattainable ideals, but we use them as stout supports of a nation fighting the fight for freedom in a modern civilization.
I am a lawyer. Yes. We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect Union, establish justice. Insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure of the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity. God bless America.
I am a liar. No. We the acid scarred victims of history of evil and hypocrisy exalt criminals to office. Vietnam, El Salvador, Chile with lovely missiles, roaring bombs of the rich and the white and the pious and burn children and torture women. Forever and ever, amen. God bless America.
— Harvey Dent/Two-Face, Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth
Jimmy Darmody: I just want an opportunity.
In the USA
You can have your say,
You can set your goals
And sieze the day,
You're given the freedom
To work your way
To the head of the line!
* Leon Czolgosz shoots President William McKinley*
— The Ballad of Czolgosz, Assassins
You have the American dream! The dream is to be born in a gutter and grow up, and then get all the money in the world and stick it in your ears and go THBBBBBT.
It's called the American Dream because you have to be asleep to believe it.
Nite Owl: What happened to the American Dream?
Comedian: It came true. You're lookin' at it.
I'm gonna show you and everybody else that Willy Loman did not die in vain. He had a good dream. It's the only dream you can have - to come out a number-one man. He fought it out here, and this is where I'm gonna win it for him.
Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!
— Emma Lazarus, "The New Colossus," engraved on a plaque inside of the Statue of Liberty
Send us your brightest, your smartest, your most intelligent,
Yearning to breathe free and submit to our authority,
Watch us trick them into wiping rich people's asses,
While we convince them it's a land of opportunity.
— Engraving on the tablet in the Statue of Happiness's hand, Grand Theft Auto IV
"Americans are fanatical about money, breasts and freedom. There is a thing called "The American Dream", which apparently involves setting a pair of breasts free and giving them money."
— The Alien's Dictionary.